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Cambridge Audio Alva TT Turntable with Bluetooth aptX HD

MSRP 1700 EURNEX score 75%

Product Overview

Cambridge Audio Alva TT is a direct drive turntable with built-in bluetooth aptX HD wireless audio streaming capability. It also has a built-in phono stage to connect directly to active powered speakers or am amplifier without a phono stage.
The Alva TT comes preinstalled with a high-output Moving Coil cartridge, which can also be purchased separately.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Deep, controlled bass
  • Wireless connection
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 75% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Decent battery life
  • Impressive sound
  • Easy to set up and maintain
Cons
  • No aptX or aptX HD support
  • No aptX HD
  • No out-and-out dynamic range
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
RCA, Bluetooth (SBC, aptX, aptXHD)

Construction

Form Factor
Direct Drive Turntable
Material
Polyoxymethylene Platter / Cast aluminium Tonearm

Dimensions

Size | Depth
368 mm
Size | Diameter
305 mm (Platter)
Size | Height
139 mm
Size | Width
435 mm
Weight
11kg (11g Tonearm)

Function

Gain
42dB @ 1kHz Phono Stage

Performance

Capacitance
320pF, Phono Stage Input
Impedance
47kΩ, Phono Stage Input
Power Consumption
6 W
RIAA Equalization Deviation
+/-0.3dB 30Hz-20kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
>90dB (ref 1V out) Phono Stage

Production

Debut
2019 CES

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

techradar[1]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
Cambridge Alva TT is a no-compromise turntable for £1500. Connected to a line-level input on a capable Naim streamer/amplifier, it exhibits all the audio strengths that's seen vinyl endure as a viable format. From the deep, controlled bass sounds to the crisply shining top end it presents recordings as a coherent and convincing whole.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Easy to set up and maintain
  • Wireless connection
Cons
  • No aptX HD support

trustedreviews[2]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
Everything that makes audiophiles rhapsodise about the music-making potency of vinyl is delivered by the Cambridge. With a heavyweight pressing of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ The Boatman’s Call spinning, the timbre and tonal variation in the piano sounds is made explicit. The Alva TT gives as naturalistic an impression of timing as any turntable at this sort of money. However, the wireless sound of the Cambridge is compromised somewhat compared to the wired equivalent.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Decent battery life
Cons
  • No out-and-out dynamic range
  • No aptX HD

whathifi[3]

Sentiment Score 67%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following***:
Cambridge Audio Alva TT is a direct drive turntable. It's unusual at this price point, but promises a number of improvements over belt-driven designs, including speed stability and accuracy. The Alva serves up a weighty helping of bass, but also plenty of texture and definition here, too - it's a grown up, mature sound.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Impressive sound
  • Easy to pair
  • Decent battery life
Cons
  • No aptX or aptX HD support

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Cambridge Audio Alva TT turntable review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/cambridge-audio-alva-tt-turntable-review. 2019-02-22. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Cambridge Audio Alva TT Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/cambridge-audio-alva-tt. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Cambridge Audio Alva TT review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/cambridge-audio-alva-tt. 2019-04-12. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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